Broad welcome for 95 homes and community amenity in Cabra

by Rose Barrett
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Focus Housing Association, the approved housing body (AHB) arm of Focus Ireland welcomes the granting of planning permission for 95 public homes in Cabra in north Dublin,.

The homes will be delivered on Dominican Sisters lands off Ratoath Road generously gifted to the association, and will comprise 14 x 1-bedroom, 67 x 2-bedroom, 13 x 3-bedroom and 1 x 4-bedroom dwellings across five three-storey blocks. 

The development will also include two community rooms for future tenant use and considerable public open space of over 7,300m², including a public plaza, public green area and children’s play space. 

Speaking on the development, Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan said:  “This development is exactly the type of scheme we need to meet our new build social housing delivery targets year on year, and playing a direct part in this delivery is a cornerstone of Focus Ireland’s 5-year Strategy where we aim to grow our housing stock by a further 1,150 homes by 2025.” 

Mary Lou McDonald, Dublin Central TD and SF leader said:  “I am delighted to see that this much needed Focus Ireland social housing development is progressing in Cabra. There is a significant local need for good quality, well managed social housing for a wide range of household sizes and these much-needed homes will go some way to meeting that need.” 

She added: “Focus Ireland has a strong reputation supporting single people and families through homelessness and into long term and secure tenancies and as a local TD for this area I look forward to working with Focus Ireland on this project and welcoming their tenants into what is a strong and vibrant community.” 

Concluding, Jan Mingle, Director of Property & Development at Focus Ireland, said: 

“We are acutely aware of the pressures facing families and individuals as homelessness increases. Many more thousands are what we call the hidden homeless – people living with friends or relatives or young people stuck at home with parents who can’t afford to move out.

“The answer and solution to this crisis is ramping up delivery of social and affordable housing, working with local authorities, drawing on support from the Housing Finance Agency and the Department of Housing, etc.”

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